Best of Voices: Disagree with Tumi, but she isn't wrong

2017-08-14 16:14
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Is David Mabuza having a Damascus moment?

Mpumalanga ANC chairman David Mabuza, a self-confessed recovering factionalist, has emerged as a self-styled unifier of the divided party.

Leaders from the Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal are behind Dlamini-Zuma while Mabuza is said to be courting the third way of current Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize. Some have said Mabuza had a fall out with Dlamini-Zuma and while efforts to mend relations are still underway, Mkhize is his alternative to guarantee him a deputy president position.

But therein lies the problem: How can Mabuza campaign for unity while he has a stake in the outcome?

The Mkhize ticket would see Mabuza get his position and Mashatile become treasurer general. Their personal ambitions suggest the so-called unity talks smack of nothing more than self-preservation and coming together of a new super-faction, writes Mahlatse Gallens.

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You may disagree with Tumi, but she isn't wrong

We must be honest about our shortcomings and the fact that very little dialogue has happened, yes, more than twenty years after apartheid. We must address our inability in the main to see, hear and recognise a different school of thought.

Someone speaking about white privilege and its impact on them cannot simply be shouted down because you don't like where the narrative is going or you are in denial about it even existing.

Conversations that do not sit well with some of us cannot disappear to appease or make people feel better. We can also not wish away comments like “but I have black friends” or “my children have black friends”, writes Faith Daniels.

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Do our struggle heroes not belong to all South Africans?

Who do our struggle icons that fought against apartheid belong to? 

Do they belong to the organisations that they were affiliated to while they were still alive, or do they belong to their families? 

These are important questions, especially now in South Africa where the country is mired in confusion regarding the direction it must take. 

It becomes necessary to look at the past to try and map out the vision for the future. Through ‘conversation and contestation’ we must always find ways to keep the ideas of our martyrs alive and this must be a collective exercise, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

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